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Outdoor STEM class keeping students engaged during remote learning

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SUPERIOR, WI-- Getting outside, on the river, and learning all at the same time is the goal of the St. Louis River Field School.

The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve created the outdoor program that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to keep kids engaged during remote learning.

"They're spending a lot more time in front of screens, especially middle and high school students," said Education Specialist Ryan Feldbrugge.
"This is our way to get them out away from the screens and learning about the place they live and what makes it so special."

Officials are hoping to keep students socialized and active during remote learning.

Feldbrugge added, "Research has shown that it's important for kids to be out in nature. It's good for their attention, physical and emotional development and that's all more important during these times."

The outdoor school will occur once a month until May with a focus on the St. Louis River.

Meanwhile, each month will be a new activity, October was all about canoeing.

"We'll be doing some under ice work come winter, taking some water samples and seeing what's going on under the ice during the winter," said Feldbrugee. "We're going to do a little career exploration in science and resource management."

Parents say having these opportunities is important for students as it's a way to reduce stress and be able to have a little bit of fun during a trying time.

Angela Qson has a son participating, she said, "Not let school get in the way of education, to be outside and away from a computer screen. "It's been so beautiful I feel like the beautiful weather is slipping away."

Emma Quinn

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